I just finished reading the chapter on Joseph Rogers & Sons in Sheffield Exhibition Knives (recommended by kootenay joe...thank you, Roland...you were right, it is incredible!) and now I'm fascinated by JR&S knives. What is the difference between the JR & Sons vs. JR & Co. knives? I noticed a point of distinction was made in the title of this thread, but the book does not mention anything about Joseph Rogers & Co. branded knives.
Here's something from the book that I found particularly interesting:
In 1871 the partners were Joseph Rogers and Robert Newbold, respectively grandsons of the Joseph Rogers who died in 1821, and the business was converted into a limited company. The confidence of the public was such that the shares offered for subscription were privately subscribed in a few hours.
When I read this, I couldn't help but think of the current trend for new Northwoods and many GEC releases to sell out in a matter of minutes (or a few days at most). Apparently, this phenomenon is not exclusive to the modern era; knife aficionados have been quick to snap up a good quality knife when they see it for quite some time.
For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it. Jacques Cousteau
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